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Named after Lord Dalhousie, Dalhousie has a natural beauty par excellence. It is situated on 5 hills- Tohra, Kathlog, Balun, Podreen and Bakrota. On a clear afternoon, one can see the rivers Beas, Chenab and Ravi flowing down underneath. Spread on an area of 13 square kilometers and surrounded by a dense forest cover of Deodar and Pine, Dalhousie manages to relieve the over-stressed nerves of the city-dweller.
Dalhousie should be visited between April to July and September to October.
Places to see
This place derives its name from the stream flowing beneath five bridges. It is surrounded by small waterfalls and is situated at a distance of 2Kms from the main post office.
A mere 1.6 Km walk from the General Post Office square leads to Subhash Baoli, a spring with a panoramic view of the mountains.
Between Dalhousie and Panjpulla, lie the seven springs of Satdhara. They are known for their medicinal properties and are rich in Mica.
Bakrota Mall, the 5 km long popular walking circuit with splendid views of the mountains is situated very near to the centre of the town.
Kalatope, situated at distance of 8.5 Km from Dalhousie has a little sanctuary with a variety of wildlife. It is an ideal weekend retreat, replete with scenic beauty, the forest rest house and splendid views of the surrounding country.
Bara Pather, set amidst thick forests is the small temple of Bhulwani Mata, lies enroute to Kalatope from Dalhousie. A fair is celebrated in July every year to please the goddess
Khajiar (27 kms)
Situated at a distance of 27 Kms from Dalhousie, Khajiar is surrounded by dense forests and abounds in natural beauty. There is a disc-shaped lake right in the middle of Khajiar, which has now, shrinked a bit. Near the snow line, one can often see cheetahs, wild boars, bear and a host of other wild animals.
Dainkund (10 kms)
This tall peak situated at a distance of 10 Kms outside the town of Dalhousie, offers a birds eye view on a clear day of the rivers Beas, Ravi and the Chenab meandering through the mountains.
Spring (May/June)- You would get lots of snow but roads are at worst, lots and lots of tourists and obviously a costly trip with escalated price.
Monsoon (July/Aug) - Ladakh/Lahaul/Spiti is historically there is no rain but traffic is high.
Autumn (Sep/Oct) - Roads are at the best but almost no snow enroute. Weatherwise I like this season personally the most, the weather after monsoon recedes remain crystal clear with least haze/dust/mist and gives excellent visibility for watching peaks.
Winter (Nov-April) - At your own risk without any tourists, excellent bargain and budget trip is likely. Also for special interest tours like say Chaddar trek of Zanskar, this is the time to go.